Innovations to Drive Future Drug Discovery
Conference Directors: Darren Cawkill (Apollo Therapeutics) & Jon Hutchinson (GlaxoSmithKline)
Plenary Keynote Speakers: Professor Steve Jackson (University of Cambridge) & Harren Jhoti (Astex Pharmaceuticals)
New biology continues to emerge at a fast pace and is revealing many new and exciting therapeutic opportunities for drug discovery scientists; potential novel drug targets and new mechanisms-of-action. It is critical that the drug discovery field continually adapts and equips with new technologies and innovations that will enable targets to be prosecuted no matter which direction the cutting-edge biology has taken. Hence the 2019 ELRIG R&I conference will discuss how the most promising new biology is being identified and discovered and seek to explore what promising new technologies and innovations are emerging to enable this science to be effectively translated into successful therapeutics.
The four scientific sessions will therefore address different aspects of translating new biology into drug discovery projects
1. New Technologies & Innovations in Drug Discovery and Development
Session Chairs: Andrew Leach (European Bioinformatics Institute) & Pamela Williams (Astex Pharmaceuticals)
In the future, refinement and development of experimental technologies, combined with the power of algorithmic computing, are expected to result in more comprehensive integration of data from multiple sources. This session will explore the potential of these developments in rational drug design to increase the future pace and success of early discovery.
2. Where are new drug target hypotheses coming from?
Session Chairs: Euan Stronach (GlaxoSmithKline) & Nadine Clemo (Apollo Therapeutics)
This session will look at how human data, new technologies and new approaches to academia-industry collaboration are combining to build a pipeline of new targets for drug discovery.
3. Therapeutic approaches of the future
Session Chairs: Mark Edbrooke (Independent Scientific Consultant) & Alessio Ciulli (University of Dundee)
The discovery community is actively looking beyond conventional drug modalities to unlock novel biology and address previously intractable mechanisms of disease. This session will survey progress in developing alternative modalities as the therapeutic approaches of the future.
4. Next generation in vitro models for drug efficacy & safety
Session Chairs: Lorna Ewart (AstraZeneca) & Alex Alderton (Sanger Institute)
Developments such as iPS-derived cells, 3D cell culture and gene editing are now routinely impacting at an early stage of many drug discovery projects. How are these developments also driving more predictive toxicology models? What technologies/innovations will drive the next generation disease models in pre-clinical drug discovery?
Careers in Drug Discovery: Networking with purpose
Are you a post doc, PhD student or early career professional (ECP) scientist looking to start or build your career in drug discovery? If so, understanding how to network with purpose and effectively build your professional network may help benefit your current role, provide the opening for your next collaboration, funding opportunity or step in your career
We invite you join us at our ECP workshop event at ELRIG Research & Innovation 2019.
- Discover how networking is an important and valuable skill for researchers
- Learn how to prepare for effective networking at conferences and meetings
- Hear the Dos and Don’ts of successful networking
- Practice and refine your networking skills with other ECP scientists & expand your network
184 Hills Road
Bedrooms at Homerton College are now available to book here. Please use the promotional code: KX32889ELRIG.
How to Get to Homerton College:
Stansted Airport 28 miles, 54 minutes by train
Gatwick Airport 92 miles, 125 minutes by train
Heathrow Airport 70 miles, 135 minutes by train
It is a 15-minute walk from the Station to Homerton College (0.8 miles).
On exiting the station turn left onto Station Place and walk for a few minutes before turning right on to Brookgate. Turn left by the Co-op on to Hills Road and walk over the railway bridge, continue walking along Hills Road and cross over Cherry Hinton Road at the lights. Homerton College is on the right-hand side past Hills Road Sixth Form, behind the black railings. Follow the signs “to the Porters’ Lodge” to the Conference Centre Reception.
From the M11
Exit the motorway at junction 11, following signs to City Centre. Continue along the A1309 through Trumpington, past the Green Man pub and turn right at the junction and traffic lights on to Long Road. At the cross road, turn left onto Hills Road and continue for approximately ½ a mile.
You will see Homerton College signposted on the left, behind the black railings. This is the PORTERS lodge location. Just beyond the main College building, turn left into Harrison drive and follow signs for Homerton Conference Centre car park, the entrance for which is at the back of the site.
From the City Centre:
Follow the A1307 out the City Centre, eventually crossing over the railway bridge. At the junction go straight across and turn right into Harrison Drive and follow signs for Homerton Conference Centre car park, the entrance for which is at the back of the site.
There are limited spaces at the rear of Homerton Conference Centre which is free of charge for conference delegates (this is located at the end of Harrison Drive. Follow the road all the way round the back of Harrison House. Space is not guaranteed and is available on a first come first served basis. A code is required to park at Homerton College. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an access code.